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The state of play in Belarus

18 Apr 2005

Speaking at the 12th Information Society Technologies International Congress (TIBO 2005) the Belarusian Minister of Communications and Informatisation, Vladimir Goncharenko, and Beltelecom general director Nikolai Krukovski have given a presentation on the state of he country’s telecoms markets. According to E-Belarus.com, the pair confirmed that liberalisation of the wireline markets would start in 2007, with draft legislations expected to be submitted to Parliament later this year.

As of 1 April 2005 there were 2.8 million mobile subscribers in the country, an increase of 130% in 15 months. MTS is the largest operator with 1.39 million customers and a network of 779 base stations covering 49% of the country’s territory and 82% of population. Velcom comes a close second with 1.28 million subscribers, with a network coverage of 83%. Belcel, meanwhile has coverage of just 56% of the population and 89,798 customers.

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